Will Smith Passes On ‘Independence Day’ Sequel; Michael B. Jordan Being Considered To Step In
18 years after the release of military sci-fi blockbuster “Independence Day,” director Roland Emmerich and co-writer/producer Dean Delvin are busy at work on a sequel,” Deadline reports.
The long-awaited sequel will reportedly be released in theaters on the original film’s 20th anniversary, July 4, 2016. The star of the original 90s blockbuster that grossed $811 million worldwide, Will Smith; however, will be visibly absent. According repots, the 45-year-old father of three has decided not to participate in the sequel. Not all hope is lost though, as TheWrap reported back in September that Oscar nominee Michael B. Jordan is being considered for the leading role in the action flick.
Sources say that Jordan’s name has been mentioned during several creative meetings for the film and he’s actually interested. This would be a great look for Jordan, who revealed during an interview last summer that he looks forward to playing the role of a ” action hero” in the future.
“I would love to play a psychopath,” he told Vulture. “Oh man, that would be amazing. I want my love role. I’ve never been in love [in a movie] before, so I want to know what that’s like. I want to play that action hero, that guy that saves the day. I want to play the role that’s a little off and weird. I want to play the killer. I want to get inside the head of somebody like that. I want to be a pilot. I want to play the astronaut. I want to play the oil rigger in the Pacific. I can’t wait to be up for, say, the next Jason Bourne.”
20th Century Fox has yet to comment on the casting rumors, but we’ll keep you posted as this story develops.
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